dozendoz‧en /ˈdʌzən/ ●●●S2W3 number (plural dozen or dozens) (written abbreviation doz.)1TMtwelvea dozen eggstwo/three/four etc dozen (=24,36,48 etc)The number of deaths has risen to more than two dozen.dozens of people/companies/cars etc (=but not hundreds or thousands)Dozens of people were killed.Chris, Helen, and half a dozen others went on holiday together.A dozen or so (=about 12) cars were parked near the entrance.2informalLOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNT a lot ofa dozenI’ve heard this story a dozen times before.dozens of somethingShe’s had dozens of boyfriends.We collected dozens and dozens of shells on the beach. →baker's dozen, → a dime a dozenat dime(2), → nineteen to the dozenat nineteen(2), → six of one and half a dozen of anotherat six(4)
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dozen• I had some memorabletestdrives after buying a dozen 6R4s when they were up for grabs at the factory.• We take two dozen blues and a dozen of their predators, the small greencrabs that are never far away.• Prescott, the administration building, looked the same, except that there were a dozen cars parkedoutside.• There were a dozenfeaturefilms made, with filming lasting from one week to four months.• They live, like their ancestors, in packs of a dozen or so.• The mood is relaxed-very advisable if you have a dozensheep to get through in a day.• Having only one hand, and having that in a dozen things, he has no other to hold out.half a dozen• Sunday night he was wild on at least a half dozen.• Customer-driven systems also allowindividuals to meet their needs in a holistic way, without applying to half a dozen different programs.• half a dozeneggs• He found half a dozenfishermenseated under the palmtrees at the foot of the Co-operative quay.• I still do half a dozen or so of these scarlet cross-overs a year, to this day.• Inside the cafe there were half a dozen other people.• He had rewritten the storyhalf a dozentimes.• Perhaps half a dozen were Hispanic, and the rest, black.• About half a dozen women and children had appeared and were standing, holding hands, watching me.dozens and dozens• They collected dozens and dozens of shells on the beach.From Longman Business Dictionarydozendoz‧en /ˈdʌzən/written abbreviation doz. noun (plural dozens or dozen) [countable]a group of twelve thingsMore than a dozen managers have come and gone.The extension to a wider base has won them at least half a dozen (=six) valuable new clients.